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Schools offering OC Classes in NSW

There are 76 primary schools in NSW offering OC Classes:

School name (Click to view school website)
ARMIDALE CITY Faulkner St, Armidale
ALEXANDRIA PARK Park Rd, Alexandria
ALSTONVILLE Main St, Alstonville
ARTARMON McMillan Rd, Artarmon
ASHFIELD Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
BALGOWLAH HEIGHTS Lewis St, Balgowlah
BALMAIN Eaton St, Balmain
BATHURST WEST Suttor St, Bathurst
BEECROFT Beecroft Rd, Beecroft
BIRABAN Beckley St, Toronto
BLACKTOWN SOUTH Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown
BLAXCELL STREET Blaxcell St, Granville
BRADBURY Jacaranda Ave, Bradbury
CAMDEN SOUTH Old Hume Hwy, Camden
CARINGBAH NORTH Cawarra Rd, Caringbah
CASULA De Meyrick Ave, Casula
CESSNOCK WEST Cnr Campbell Street and Wollombi Rd, Cessnock
CHATSWOOD Centennial Ave, Chatswood
COLYTON Nelson St, Mount Druitt
COONABARABRAN Newell Hwy, Coonabarabran
CUDGEGONG VALLEY Madeira Rd, Mudgee
DUBBO WEST East St, Dubbo
DURAL Old Northern Rd, Dural
EARLWOOD Homer St, Earlwood
ERMINGTON Winbourne St, West Ryde
GEORGES HALL Pennington Ave, Georges Hall
GLENBROOK Woodville St, Glenbrook
GOONELLABAH Ballina Rd, Goonellabah
GOSFORD Faunce St West, West Gosford
GOULBURN WEST Combermere St, Goulburn
GREENACRE Waterloo Rd, Greenacre
GREYSTANES Merrylands Rd, Greystanes
HARRINGTON STREET Harrington St, Cabramatta
HOLSWORTHY Infantry Pde, Holsworthy
HURSTVILLE Forest Rd, Hurstville
ILLAROO ROAD Illaroo Rd, Nowra
IRONBARK RIDGE Ironbark Ridge Rd, Rouse Hill
JEWELLS Lepton Pde, Jewells
KINGSWOOD Second Ave, Kingswood
LEUMEAH Burrendong Rd, Leumeah
LITHGOW Mort St, Lithgow
MARYLAND John T Bell Dr, Maryland, Newcastle
MATTHEW PEARCE Astoria Park Rd, Baulkham Hills
MONA VALE Waratah St, Mona Vale
MOREE Albert St, Moree
NEUTRAL BAY Ben Boyd Rd, Neutral Bay
NEWBRIDGE HEIGHTS Lewin & Magree Cres, Chipping Norton
NEW LAMBTON SOUTH St James Rd, New Lambton
NORTH ROCKS North Rocks Rd, North Rocks
PICNIC POINT Thomas St, Picnic Point
PORT MACQUARIE Grant St, Port Macquarie
QUAKERS HILL Medlow Dr, Quakers Hill
QUEANBEYAN SOUTH Cameron Rd, Queanbeyan
RICHMOND Windsor St, Richmond
RUTHERFORD Weblands St, Rutherford
RYDE Pope St, Ryde
SMITHFIELD O’Connell St, Smithfield
SOLDIERS POINT Cromarty Rd, Soldiers Point
SOUTH GRAFTON Vere St, South Grafton
ST ANDREWS Ballantrae Dr, St Andrews
ST JOHNS PARK Sandringham St, St Johns Park
STURT White Ave, Wagga Wagga
SUMMER HILL Moonbie St, Summer Hill
SUTHERLAND Eton St, Sutherland
TAHMOOR Bronzewing St, Tahmoor
TAMWORTH Napier St, Tamworth
TAMWORTH SOUTH Petra Ave, Tamworth
TIGHES HILL Elizabeth St, Tighes Hill
TOORMINA Cavanba Rd, Toormina
WAITARA Edgeworth David Ave, Wahroonga
WENTWORTH FALLS Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls
WILKINS Park Rd, Marrickville
WOLLONGONG Church St, Wollongong
WOOLLAHRA Forth St, Woollahra
WYONG Cutler Dr, Wyong

View all schools on a map here.

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The Best High School in Sydney

“WHAT IS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN SYDNEY?”

 

It is a question we get from parents all the time. Especially when they have children in years 5 or 6 or are new to the area and may not have gone to school locally themselves, but they still want to send their children to the best high school in Sydney.

It is a very valid question too – we all want the best for our children, and so putting them in to an environment in which they can thrive is really important to us as parents.

That being said, I don’t believe there is an easy answer to the question. The best high school in Sydney means different things to different students, and the best school for one student may not be the best for your child.

Instead, I think it is about focusing on the right high school for your child and your family.

Here are the five questions I ask parents to help them determine the best high school in Sydney for their child:

What are your child’s strengths?

Every child has natural strengths that they will one day carry in to adulthood. As parents, it is our responsibility and privilege to help them discover these.

Identifying your child’s key strengths is an important part of choosing the right high school for them. You want a school that gives them opportunities to further refine and expand these unique strengths.

For example, if they are naturally athletic try to find a school that is specifically sports focussed. If they are creative, find a school that offers a creative stream. If they are academic, consider a selective school.

Inversely, if they are a serious multi-discipline athlete but don’t do so well in class, a selective school is probably not right for them. Understanding that the best high school in Sydney is totally unique to the child is so important.

Do you have the financial means to consider a private school?

With the fees for some of Sydney’s private schools exceeding $25,000 a year per student, sending your child to a private school is a huge commitment. I have known many families where the Mum has returned to work simply to fund the private school fees for the kids.

Does this align with your family values? Would you be better off instead saving that money and going on an annual family trip or upgrading your car every 3 years? You could probably have one of our tutors work with your child every afternoon for less!

If a private school is within your means, then there are plenty of advantages there. As a product of both the public system (until year 10) and private (years 11 and 12), I would say they are fairly similar academically – but the individualised support and opportunities are usually greater at the private school. It also means your child is around a certain type of classmate as opposed to the mixed-bag they would be at a public school – whether this is a good thing or not is up to you – but something to be considered as few people will influence your child in high school more than their friends!

Would they thrive more in a single-sex school?

When I was in year 10 my parents pulled me out of a co-ed public school and put me in a male-only private school. It really changed everything for me; my focus, performance and even my social communication improved and I was definitely one who thrived in the single-sex environment.

This is just my experience and it may not be the same for your child, but at the co-ed school I was constantly distracted – girls, parties, keeping up appearances. At the all-boys school, everything was just easier. That pressure wasn’t there, and so instead I turned my attention to my studies.

Now, I have seen it work the other way, where guys can get to the end of high school having never had a serious conversation with a female, but I think that with the right mix of extra-curricular activities, a single-sex high school can be a great option for high school students in Sydney.

How do they handle pressure?

Does your child work hard or are they more likely to coast through school doing the minimum?

If they are naturally academic and thrive under the pressure of a high performance environment, then I would suggest a selective school or a selective stream at a regular school. If they get anxious under pressure or are less competitive, this probably isn’t right for them.

I do think that high school is a good place to start to expose them to added pressure, but this needs to be within reason. Just like muscles grow with constant exposure to small increments of added weight, our ability to handle pressure is the same. If you go to the gym and try to curl a 100kg dumbbell having never lifted a weight before, you are only going to burn out from lack of progress or injure yourself. However, lifting a few kgs more than you did the previous week is what gets results.

You don’t want to throw your child in to a school environment that they are not going to be able to handle.

Is convenience important to you?

A lot of families simply opt for their local high school because convenience is important to them. They want their child to be able to walk to and from school and have friends in the same neighbourhood.

For others, the school they go to is far more important. I’ve known parents who have sent their children to schools 2+ hours away on public transport because they valued the school more than the convenience.

Convenience isn’t always best – but it definitely has its benefits. For my children, we have opted for convenience for now, sending them to our local primary school – but come high school I think we will forego convenience, sending them to a slightly further away school than our local school as we like what if offers.


I hope these questions got you thinking. The best high school in Sydney is not about HSC results or NAPLAN results, but about what is the best school for your child. How will it allow them to thrive academically, creatively, athletically and socially? You want the very best for your child, and so choosing the right school for them is so important!

Whatever you high school you end up choosing, the support of a private tutor is invaluable. Our tutors are the best at what they do and will show your child what they are truly capable of. See why we have more 5-star reviews than anyone else here.

The problem with natural talent

Natural ability is an interesting thing.

It makes us unique. It gives us our personality.

But too often natural ability, talent and genetics – the things we don’t have to work hard for – make us lazy when it comes to performing at our best.

We find a job or relationship or level of living that aligns with our natural state and then we stop trying hard.

‘Why try any harder?’ we ask ourselves. ‘I don’t need to step out of my comfort zone – I can just coast here and rest on my natural talents.’

But this is what differentiates high performers from everyone else.

They take their natural gifting and they combine it with the magic ingredient; hard work.

Hard work; Sweat. Hustle. Determination. Persistence. These are the keys that take a talented individual to an outstanding individual.

The reality is that natural talent is everywhere. There are other people in the world that can write, sing, sell, teach, code, play, run, kick, sweat or speak with the same level of talent as me. Where I can stand out is in my own level of hard work.

Nothing can beat hard work. A talented person that works hard at their craft will run circles around the individual that depends on their natural abilities.

Former American president Calvin Coolidge said it best:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

It is so easy to cruise through life on natural ability. But for those willing to actually do the work – willing to invest time and effort into excelling – they are the ones that stand out from the crowd.

Help with School

Many children need help with on their way through either a public or private school system.

It’s understandable, because as people, each of us is different.

We don’t all learn the same way, and we have different needs and different strengths and weaknesses. At Alchemy, we work to that principle by meeting students where they are and helping them to succeed in situations where they’re struggling.

Any kid can struggle – it’s based on a variety of very complicated factors. Getting help doesn’t mean throwing in the towel or capitulating or admitting that you have a deficiency. It just means spending more time and money on cultivating the inner beauty and strength that every child has.

That’s part of what led us to build on the Alchemy model of inspiring a generation of students. We want to help families to get the outcomes that will best serve them, through positive reinforcement of a child’s core character and natural ability to learn well.

By the Numbers

One way to look at what Alchemy does is to look at the numbers. We like data-driven processes in today’s world, and we can show our success by talking about statistics like these:

  • 22,555 hours spent with students in 2018
  • 454 tutors currently employed
  • 6573 students supported in the last 14 years

These numbers tell a story of success in terms of reaching into communities, in terms of showing our value and keeping customers and attracting new people to sign up. But we can tell another story by talking about the personalities and strengths of our personal tutors.

On our website, we feature tutor profiles that show the values and support our tutors provide to students. You see words like supportive, encouraging and patient. You see how our tutors come prepared and really dedicate themselves to their jobs. You see the stories of how people came to help out with the idea of empowering today’s youth and improving the educational choices that parents and guardians have.

This shows in the results we provide to our clients. It shows around the family dinner table and in the lives of our students and their families. We get a lot of our business through word of mouth, because when people see our results at work, they feel compelled to share.

It’s all part of our vision for a better world where more students leave school confident, communicative and well focused – regardless of where they’re going after school, what career path they are taking ,or how much they’ve achieved academically. As important as it is to achieve academically, it’s also important to achieve self-confidence and empowerment and to have focus, objectives and results. These are some of the values we hold at Alchemy and how we work with students. See more online about how we have developed our programs to reach each child, in a nurturing, compassionate and practical way.

5 Ways A Tutor Can Improve Your Child’s Life

If you notice that your child is struggling with a certain subject or is not making the grades you expect, it may be time to call a tutor. A tutor can work one on one with your child and find ways to help them learn more easily. Here are five ways a tutor can improve your child’s life.

Better Grades

Most parents choose to hire a tutor because their children need to improve their grades. Tutors can work with children to help them understand subjects in a new way. They become interested in their studies and are more likely to get better grades in class. If your child’s grades are slipping or are not where they should be, a tutor may be able to help.

Better Self Esteem

When kids aren’t performing well in school, they tend to have low self-esteem. They don’t see themselves as smart, and this can affect the way they perform in class and in other subjects. Tutors help show kids that they are capable of getting good grades and understanding the material they are given in class. They become more confident in their abilities and will be more likely to try harder in school and do better as students.

More Free Time

Kids that don’t do well in school or struggle with a certain subject often have to spend more time on their school work than others. They may be missing out on lunchtime, recess, afterschool activities and more. When kids get help from a tutor, they can retain more information. That means they can study less. They also tend to pick up on subjects faster, so they can spend less time on each subject and have more time socializing and having fun with their classmates.

Better Classroom Performance

School isn’t only about tests and grades. Many classrooms require students to participate in the classroom and even answer questions out loud. This can be difficult for students who don’t understand a subject and are not confident in their academic abilities. When students work with a tutor, they learn to answer questions out loud, work out problems in their heads, and understand the material better. They will be more likely to answer questions out loud.

Less Stress

School isn’t easy, and even children that enjoy doing school work can sometimes stress out about it. If your child isn’t doing well in class or wishes that could do better, they may be worrying about their grades. Kids want to be good students, but many just don’t have the tools they need to perform to their full potential. Tutors can help students learn to study better so they can stop stressing out about their school work and focus on other things.